Popular Siding: Shiplap, Clapboard & Channel Rustic



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If clapboard is the only kind of siding in the title that sounds familiar you’re definitely not alone, but what may surprise you is how easy it is to use any of these options to spruce up your interior design.

And, lest you feel daunted by the prospect of fully outfitting a wall with real siding, there are ways to apply all of these in faux fashion – or at least in a way that’s easier than what goes on the outside of your house.

Let’s take a look at each:


We’ve discussed shiplap before as a great way to add floor-to-ceiling wall décor, and it’s arguably the easiest of these three to apply using a faux method.

In a genuine shiplap application, the boards sit flush atop one another lengthwise along the wall, but have overlapping grooves in the back that strengthen the siding. As décor, however, these grooves are unnecessary and you can simply stack the boards for the shiplap look without the advanced carpentry.


Clapboard siding features boards that overlap one another on the front-bottom edge to create a shingle effect. This look is also easy to replicate for a feature wall with a rustic vibe that can add flair to many styles.

And, speaking of rustic … 

Channel Rustic

This kind of siding uses top and bottom grooves of varying depths in the back to create stylish spacing between the boards in the front. But, the spacing doesn’t reveal the wall; what you see is the exposed top groove, which you can paint or leave the same finish as the rest of the siding.

Channel rustic siding is probably more of a challenge to install, faux or otherwise, but the effect is striking; streamlined and sophisticated, but with the down-home feel of wood.

For help with this kind of DIY or any other project, you can always find local help through Porch.com

If working with wood isn’t your thing, you can always opt for this textured raised-wood vinyl wallpaper by Brewster Home Fashions.

D-C-Fix offers several wood-themed decals, which you can use to get creative in your faux panel design.

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